A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Downtown, a beacon of tradition

Written December 11th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

It was nice last week to see that the crew building the Albany Carousel had observed the ancient custom of “topping out.” When they had finished framing the roof, they crowned the peak in a fashion fitting the season.

Carousel: An attraction already

Written November 3rd, 2016 by Hasso Hering

A couple of things strike me about the new Albany Carousel building rising on the northwest corner of First Avenue and Washington Street.

Why dig so deep? Because …

Written June 16th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

They’re digging a pretty big hole where the new Albany Carousel building will be, and somebody wondered why the excavation has to be so deep. As luck would have it, the Answer Man had nothing else to do and got on the phone.

Where the bear runs now

Written May 9th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Last Wednesday I reported the vignette of a wooden bear belonging to the Albany Carousel being pushed and pulled along Water Avenue. Now here’s the rest of that little slice of Albany life.

Only in Albany: Pushing a bear

Written May 4th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

I’m riding my bike down Water Avenue in Albany on Wednesday evening, when off in the distance I see what looks like people pushing something down the street. What they’re pushing appears to be the backside of … what exactly?

Carousel funding: The final round

Written April 17th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

On the local front, the Albany Carousel is asking for urban renewal money for the third and final time. The request for $339,500 will go before the advisory board of the Central Albany Revitalization Area when it meets at 5:15 Wednesday afternoon at City Hall.

When you can ride Albany Carousel

Written May 29th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

For a dozen years or more the Albany Carousel and Museum has been working toward the day when people can actually ride its restored antique merry-go-round. Click on the video to learn from Wendy Kirbey, the driving force behind the project and its board chair, when she thinks that day will come.

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